Thoughts on Teddy's Passing

Its interesting how Teddy Kennedy's death is being discussed by different groups.

For instance look at the distinct differences between Blue Hampshire and Red Hampshire web sites.

Red Hampshire posted a very tasteful letter from Senator Gregg discussing his friendship with Teddy Kennedy.

Senator Gregg stated, “Today America lost an extraordinary leader, a legendary political force, and the patriarch of one of the greatest families in American history."

Blue Hampshire however took a different approach.  Rather then remembering Teddy and honoring him in death, they used his death as an oportunity to attack Republicans.

Here's Senator Kennedy on raising the minimum wage in 2007 and blasting the GOP's death-by-amendment procrastination strategy.


You may recall that Judd Gregg's and John E. Sununu's solution to this problem was to vote for an amendment abolishing the federal minimum wage.

Its times like this that Democrats show how little class they have and how low they are willing to sink for partisan politics.

As for myself, well I was all set to write about Mary Jo Kopechne but her death is well known and well documented already.  There is no reason now to rehash old wounds, Teddy died and with that his past deeds good or bad died with him.  Instead I leave you with a link (HERE) to his voting record to allow you the ability to form your own opinions about his legacy and 10 quotes made by or about Teddy.

1) "Well don't throw anything now, because we're not talking about philosophy or party. The finest legislator I ever worked with was Ted Kennedy. He had a magnificent staff, he even had a parliamentarian on that staff of his. So when you were in the legislative arena and you were bringing your lunch and staying late, you wanted to get Ted on your side or least use some of his expertise. I would go to him sometimes early on and say look, you'll have to trust me, what the hell do I do right now to move this bill? Boy I'll tell you he had ways to do it and as you can see he uses those skills on issues in which I was totally on the other side. I can't remember them all there were so many. We were never on the same side. But he is a legislator." - Alan Simpson Republican Senator from Wyoming

2) "[W]ords are fine, but it has to be what a generation reads into those words." -- Ted Kennedy speaking of the US Constitution at Boston Latin, April 29, 2002

3) "Do we operate under a system of equal justice under law?  Or is there one system for the average citizen and another for the high and mighty?" - Ted Kennedy 1973

4) "He's a brilliant actor, but what makes Republicans think he could do well in politics? Of course, it's hard to argue with Arnold when you're hanging upside down by the ankles. " -- Senator Ted Kennedy (democrat-Mass) on his family's Republican.

5) "When the Founders wrote the Constitution and gave the Senate the power of advice and consent on Presidential nominations, they never intended the Senate to work against the President, as this Senate is doing, by engaging in a wholesale stall and refusing to act on large numbers of the President’s nominees." -- Senator Ted Kennedy (d-MA) speaking in defense of President Clinton's nominees in 1999

6) “It's better to send in the Peace Corps than the Marine Corps.” - Ted Kennedy

7) “Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed.” - Ted Kennedy

8) “On issue after issue, they have moved brazenly to impose their agenda on America and on the world, ... They have pursued their goals at the expense of urgent national and human needs and at the expense of the truth. America deserves better.” - Ted Kennedy

9) “I think there's enormous potential in terms of solar power and wind power all along the coastal areas and I think we ought to take advantage of it.” - Ted Kennedy

10) “I don't know what to say. I'm happy and sad all at the same time. It was only a matter of time before conservatives reared their ugly head. These are banner days for Democrats. Oil and gas prices are up. The elderly are starving. It's great news and it's become clear that we're the ones in touch with real Americans. These flag waving braggarts have to go!” - Ted Kennedy